Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://syvmarriott.com/
  • Phone: 8056881000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday Breakfast 6am-11am
    Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm
    Dinner 5pm-10pm

    Saturday - Sunday Breakfast 7am - 12 noon
    Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm
    Dinner 5pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ofelio Flores
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Come out and enjoy our slow cooked prime-rib and wood-oven pizzas featured every wednesday and friday evenings. Paired up with an ale from our expansive beer list.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 246
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Innovative recipes paired with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of beer and wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food3
    Service2.5
  • Ambiance2.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
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  • Rather disappointed
    FairVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We ate here while charging our car at the super charger in the parking lot. It wasa Monday evening 6:30 pm. We wanted a nice dinner while waiting. We were seated immediately the restaurant was almost empty. AAfter a bit the waitress came to take our orders. I explained my dairy allergy and asked for recommendations. I ended up ordering the Mediterranean Chicken and Linguini with no cheese or butter. My husband also ordered a chicken dish. While waiting, we wondered about bread. It only arrived after they served our meal and I specifically asked if the meal came with bread. It took far too long for the food to arrive. Mine was piping hot but my husband's food was cold. Both were badly overpowered with garlic.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3
    • Service2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott reviews archive.
  • Valentine dinner
    Vivipie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From beginning to end, everything was delicious! I was a bit worried about the cauliflower soup; however, to my surprise, it was very tasty! I had a romantic and delightful dinner with my sweetheart. Can't wait to come back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the special touches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed the special touches - the black table cloths, the fresh roses and rose petals on the table. We were offered champagne and warm bread was brought to the table. The cream of broccoli soup was tasty and so was the salad. We had the lobster tail and 6oz prime rib dinner and both were delicious! The prime rib was cooked perfect. Our meal ended with a mango mousse cake, also very tasty. The wait staff was very attenitve by filling our water glasses and bringing out each course at just the right time. We usually do not go out for Valentines Day but were glad we did!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Thanksgiving dinner was good. There could have been better settings in the restaurant. Should have been table cloth and flowers. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey....but excellent food....
    CMarie
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The food was beyond delicious. I would have preferred more of a thick 'candy' sauce for the sweet potatoes but they were nonetheless, delicious. Turkey was so moist and tasty. Ham was wonderful. Dessert selection might have been a bit more expanded - not so much pumpkin flavored offerings (ice-cream, cheesecake and pie). Pecan pie was a no-show! Service was GREAT! Price was a bit high (likely, because champagne was offered). Next time there should be a price for meal with champagne, or without. I prefer without. Recommended highly. I hope my suggestions are taken to mind?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great gathering place
    Calidog
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We love coming here when we meet with friends. The food is good and the ambiance is very nice and it's on the quieter side so you can actually hear yourself talk. No background noises.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Buffet Breakfast
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We enjoyed the buffet. Make your own waffles, made to order eggs and plenty of pastries, fruit and side dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wait person had too many
    Mamoru
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The wait person had too many tables and was slow to recognize our needs!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a four course meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had a four course meal on Valentines day and the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    The food was very good but the kitchen was very slow and with hungry kids not a plus. The server was also slow to get our drink order. She was not very sure of the menu items and was not attentive to our table after we received our food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate